Author Archive: Randall Newton

Randall S. Newton is Managing Editor of GraphicSpeak. He has been writing about engineering and design technologies for more than 25 years.

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Drs. Peddie and Wallen talk virtualization in stereoscopic 3D

Drs. Peddie and Wallen talk virtualization in stereoscopic 3D

Virtualization helped DreamWorks move from one project annually to three without hiring more artists or buying more computers. Watch the Siggraph conversation shot in 3D. For your YouTube viewing pleasure, we recommend a video created by MTBS3D.com. At the annual JPR Siggraph Luncheon, August 13 in Vancouver, MTBS3D (Meant To Be Seen) founder Neil Schneider [...]

Clarisse iFX wants animation artists to start with the finished look

Clarisse iFX wants animation artists to start with the finished look

The high-end 3D/3D tool fuses animation with compositing and 3D rendering, allowing artists to work with full effects on all the time. Every year at Siggraph there are one or two products that cause people to say to one another, “Have you see ____?” This year in Vancouver one of those products was Clarisse iFX [...]

Graphics board shipments down 17% in second quarter

Graphics board shipments down 17% in second quarter

Nvidia continues to hold a dominant market share position. Jon Peddie Research (JPR) reports shipments of graphics add-in cards (AIBs) dropped 17.6% year-over-year in the second quarter of 2014. JPR says AIB shipments behaved according to past years with regard to seasonality, but the decrease was more than the 10-year average. On a sequential basis [...]

Chaos Group takes new ground

Chaos Group takes new ground

New products and alliances announced at Siggraph give V-Ray an opportunity to dominate rendering in film and broadcast workflows.  Recent alliances between rendering software specialist Chaos Group and The Foundry and Nvidia give new visibility to Chaos Group’s V-Ray rendering technology. Chaos Group and The Foundry have been working together on versions of V-Ray for [...]

At what pace graphics virtualization?

At what pace graphics virtualization?

Media and graphics technologists share their insights on virtualization at the annual JPR Siggraph luncheon. For most in attendance, “full speed ahead” was not fast enough. [Editor’s Note: Need some background on the topic? Here’s a link to Wikipedia on Virtualization.] Jon Peddie Research recently conducted a study on virtualization in the graphics industry, to [...]

Autodesk sets second quarter record

Autodesk sets second quarter record

Billings and revenue both exceeded expectations. Autodesk now has almost $1 billion in deferred revenue. By Randall S. Newton Autodesk (Nasdaq: ADSK) has reported record second quarter income, with healthy increases in billings and subscriptions. All geographic regions reported double-digits percentage growth year-over-year. Revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 (ended July 31, 2014) [...]

Ansys posts record second quarter

Ansys posts record second quarter

Net income up 12.6%; revenue up 8%; Russia, Brazil, and India are slow, while United Kingdom revenue was up 15%. By Randall S. Newton Ansys (ANSS: Nasdaq) reported record second quarter income today, with revenue growth coming from all regions, all major product lines, and most industries. Ansys stock was up 0.8% to 77.20 in early [...]

Advancements in real-time rendering headed to Siggraph

Advancements in real-time rendering headed to Siggraph

The 90-minute show “Real-Time Live!” is part of the annual Computer Animation Festival. Demonstrations include real-time rendering of fire and cartoon character faces from human actor input. Advancements in real-time rendering for games and animation will be presented at Siggraph 2014 during the annual Real-Time Live! session. The 90-minute show is part of the annual [...]

Daimler certifies SolidThinking Inspire for company-wide use

Daimler certifies SolidThinking Inspire for company-wide use

Organic inspiration at the earliest stages for automotive design engineers. Auto manufacturer Daimler AG has officially certified SolidThinking Inspire for company-wide use. Part of the HyperWorks engineering suite from Altair, SolidThinking Inspire enables design engineers to quickly create and investigate structurally efficient concepts. With the Daimler certification, all design engineers within the car and truck [...]

Autodesk releases PLM 360 Mobile apps

Autodesk releases PLM 360 Mobile apps

Android and iOS versions connect to the cloud-based PLM. Autodesk has released mobile apps for its PLM 360 suite, extending the capabilities of its cloud-based system beyond the desktop. The Android and iOS versions are identical, taking a dashboard approach to connecting to the workgroup’s PLM installation. Autodesk says PLM 360 is in “active use” at [...]